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  1. Mary
    January 2, 2013

    Great Talon, I really hope to meet up with you guys this year! You inspire me with each of your posts and this one was no different!

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    • Talon
      January 2, 2013

      I hope we get to meet up, too, Mary! That would be so freakin’ cool! And thank you! I really appreciate such a fantastic compliment.

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  2. Dyanne@TravelnLass
    January 1, 2013

    About identifying that elusive “Big Dream”, Talon.

    It seems my entire life has been one long (and delicious) string of “Big Dream / No Dream”s.

    As a likewise single parent (but of 2 young daughters) my first “Big Dream” was to go back to school and finish a degree. Done. Took 6 years to do it and ended up with not 1, but two degrees. Then I likewise found myself again without a “Big Dream”.

    Ah but it wasn’t long (after working – happily – in my field for but a few years, suddenly yet another “Big Dream” materialized before me: Start my own adventure travel company specializing in Belize and Costa Rica (which, at the time the former, few had even HEARD of). Check. Dream accomplished – indeed, fully supported me for the next 20 years.

    But after 2 decades of romping through jungles and hopping amid sunny islands, even that can get a bit tiresome. So while I continued to enjoy visiting ever new lands (thanks to the perks of being “in the biz”), I again lamented that I had no “Big Dream”. Indeed, at this late stage of the game (my dd were now fully grown) I feared that there was simply no “Big Dream” big enough to surpass achieving a perpetual life of travel that many folks can only dream of.

    WRONG! Now, in my “retirement” (albeit stalking orangutans in Sumatra and milking yaks in Mongolia can hardly be compared to knitting booties for my grandchildren and playing Bingo at the local Senior Center), I suddenly had yet another “Big Dream”: Move to some g-forsaken rice paddy and start a wholly new career teaching EFL in Vietnam. Uh… done – indeed, presently doing. And most certainly the adventures, the new challenges, the learning experiences not over – not by a long shot.

    In short, I guess what I’m saying is – it’s natural to have plateaus of contentment even in the most wondrous life. But I have no doubt that it won’t be long before you, Talon will one day soon wake up and… some new crazy (even crazier?) new scheme will propel you forward towards yet another “Big Dream” for you and the Tig.

    And meanwhile, enjoy the sweet contentment of “savoring the moment”, and likewise wishing all the best for both of you in twenty-thirteen!

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    • Talon
      January 2, 2013

      You just never know. I think the key is being open to whatever comes. If another big dream comes, then you’re ready to go for it. Just like you’ve done. And I think that’s absolutely wonderful!

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  3. Laura
    December 31, 2012

    Talon, I realize you might be an atheist so please excuse the word “God” in this quote but it’s the first thing I thought of when I read your post.

    “This place where you are right now,
    God circled on a map for you.”
    ― حافظ

    Happy New Year to you and your son. Please know if you ever wish to visit your home town you would have a strangers couch to surf if you needed it.

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    • Talon
      December 31, 2012

      That’s a beautiful quote. Thank you very much! And for the kind couch offer. 🙂

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  4. Toni
    December 31, 2012

    Great post Talon – it’s lovely to know that you’re living your dreams!
    I love that you don’t make resolutions either. I’m wary that many people set themselves unrealistic resolutions to set themselves up to fail and then give up completely so this year my only resolution is to work towards my dream of getting to Australia by October…I’m going to do it! 😀
    Hope you two have a great year!

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    • Talon
      December 31, 2012

      I believe you will! Go for it, girl! 🙂

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  5. Brendan van Son
    December 31, 2012

    Mate, sounds like a brilliant year. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to say “I am living my dream” isn’t it? All the best to you and Tigger in the New Year!

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    • Talon
      December 31, 2012

      Yes it is! Same to you and be safe on that bike. 🙂

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  6. Joy
    December 31, 2012

    interesting about Tigger’s dream, Kai dreams about flying alot, and it’s his dream too….

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    • Talon
      December 31, 2012

      That’s very cool.

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  7. Kirsty
    December 31, 2012

    Aww, that made me well up. I’ve enjoyed discovering your blog this year and the inspiration it’s given me. Keep it up and hoping 2013 will be fab for you both too.

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    • Talon
      December 31, 2012

      So glad you found it as well and that it’s been inspiring for you!

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  8. Suzanne
    December 31, 2012

    And love back to y’all…you warm our hearts and inspire our minds to think outside the box. Way to go, Windwalker duo. ❤

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    • Talon
      December 31, 2012

      Thank you!

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